Share your voice Sprint 27 Photos 3:28 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) Samsung Event $899 Phones Comments CNET Samsung Vibrant: T-MobileThe first Galaxy S variant to go on sale in the US, T-Mobile’s version had about the same specs as the global edition. Though it had the sleekest design of the four, the plastic skin felt cheap and much too slick. Running Android Eclair and Samsung’s TouchWiz (remember that?), it also came preloaded with Amazon Kindle for Android, MobiTV, Slacker Radio, a month of free Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi access and Samsung’s Media Hub. You even got a full-length copy of Avatar. I see you.Other features:16GB internal storagemicroSD card slotNo flash or front camera3G dataInitial price: $199 with a two-year contractRead our original Samsung Vibrant review. CNET Samsung Captivate: AT&TGoing on sale in July, just days after the Vibrant, the Captivate was easily AT&T’s best Android phone to date. On the outside it has a sturdier build than the Vibrant, though it was more angular. Like the other Galaxy S phones, it debuted with Android Eclair and Samsung’s TouchWiz, but AT&T wonderfully kept the carrier bloatware to a minimum. Hardcore Android fans, though, wouldn’t have liked that AT&T restricted them from sideloading apps not in the Android Play (then called the Android Market).Other features:16GB internal storageCame with a 2GB microSD cardNo flash or front camera3G data$200 with a two-year contractRead our original Samsung Captivate review. CNET Samsung Epic 4G: SprintArriving in August, the Epic 4G had two things big going for it: 4G data (surprise!) and a slide-out physical keyboard. OK, Sprint’s WiMax network wasn’t a true 4G technology, but the data speeds it delivered were fast for the time. The real keyboard was not unique in 2010 — it would be a few years before the touchscreen truly ruled — but Sprint’s (and Samsung’s decision) to strike its own design path muddied the Galaxy S waters. Naturally, it also was the bulkiest of the four. It also had Android Eclair and Samsung’s TouchWiz and a fair amount of Sprint-only apps.Other features:Mobile hotspot1GB internal storageCame with a 16GB microSD cardFlash and VGA front camera4G(-ish) data$250 with a two-year contract and a $100 mail-in rebateRead our original Samsung Epic 4G review. Sarah Tew/CNET Samsung Fascinate: VerizonThe last of the original Galaxy S phones to hit stores, the Fascinate was Verizon’s first Samsung Android phone. It ran Android Eclair, as well, and came with (of all things) Microsoft’s Bing Search and Bing Maps. As this was also the era of carrier-driven content and services, it also arrived stocked with V Cast Music and Video and VZ Navigator. Add in Samsung’s TouchWiz and it almost makes you wonder whether it was really an Android phone at all. Other features:Mobile hotspot2GB internal storageCame with a 16GB microSD cardFlash but no front camera3G dataInitial price: $199 with a two-year contract and a $100 mail-in rebateRead our original Samsung Fascinate review.Former Samsung CEO J.K. Shin unveils the original Galaxy S versions at a New York City event in June, 2010. Sarah Tew/CNET The Galaxy S2 to the Galaxy S10The next year, Samsung and the carriers didn’t make it easier with the Galaxy S2. No one added a keyboard this time, but the screen size, processor speeds and even the names varied between the different models. AT&T kept the Galaxy S2 label, but Sprint had the Epic 4G Touch, T-Mobile had the Galaxy S 4G. Finally in 2012 with the Galaxy S3, this dreadful trend stopped. From then on, the phone (and its name) was the same across the carrier board.The Galaxy S10 may wind up coming in multiple models like so many Galaxy versions before it, but the days of one brand-new phone for each carrier are thankfully far behind us. On Wednesday we’ll know for sure.First published Feb. 17.Update, Feb. 19: Updates throughout. How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus Samsung Galaxy S10 News • Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus updates are already waiting for you Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package See it See It Top 5 things we want to see in the Galaxy S10 Tags All we know about the Galaxy S10 Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 3 Best Buy Here’s every Galaxy S phone since 2010 $899 $899 Galaxy S10 rumor roundup: Feb. 20 launch, March 8 ship date, specs, features and price Galaxy S10: 7 things it needs to stay ahead of top rival Huawei Galaxy S10 won’t save Samsung innovation, but folding Galaxy X, F, Fold or Flex could Abt Electronics Sprint’s phone went so far as to add (gasp!) a physical keyboard, while the other three were candy-bar designs. It was a thing carriers did at the time — stand apart from your rivals by marketing a unique device that only you had — but the result was a perplexing experience for customers. (Overseas customers had it easier — it was just called the Galaxy S.)At the base level, the US phones shared a few things — each had a 5-megapixel main camera, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Samsung-made Hummingbird processor and a 1,500-mAh lithium ion battery — but deeper down, customers had to make a decision. Camera flash or no? Do I want a mobile hotspot? How much storage do I need? As I said, it was a mess. Here’s how it broke down. See It $899 One of the original Galaxy S phones from 2010 (the Galaxy Captivate). Samsung As we await the release of the Galaxy S10 on Wednesday, the Galaxy S name represents the top of the Android world. It’s a reputation Samsung is proud to own for its flagship phone, and rightly so. But when Samsung introduced its first Galaxy S phone nine years ago, it was a different world altogether.In 2010, the Galaxy S was just another Android phone fighting for attention, and if you bought one, you may not have even known you had a Galaxy S at all. Though it landed at all four big US carriers around the same time, it was split into four personalities, one for each carrier. These names sounded straight out of a motivational seminar (the Captivate! the Fascinate!) and features varied slightly between the models. See It AT&T Samsung Sprint T-Mobile
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The supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) react in Agartala of Tripura in India as their party leads in vote counting for Tripura Assembly. Photo: Tarun ChakrabartyThe BJP and its alliance partner, Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura, surged ahead of the ruling CPI-M-led Left Front in the counting of votes for the 59 assembly constituencies in Tripura on Saturday.Polling has been countermanded in one constituency of the 60-strong assembly following the death of a CPI-M candidate a week before the 18 February polls.The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) spearheaded LF, which has been ruling the Northeastern state uninterruptedly for the past 25 years, is leading in 16 of the 40 seats for which trend is available.The Bharatiya Janata Party candidates are leading in 19 seats, while nominees of the tribal-based party (IPFT) are occupying poll position in five constituencies after the first round of counting of votes.The BJP had got only around 1.5 per cent votes in the assembly election five years back.Sitting CPI-M legislator and Tribal Welfare Minister Aghore Debbarma (Asharambari constituency), Deputy Speaker of the Tripura assembly Pabitra Kar (Khayerpur), Samiran Malakar (Pabiachara), Manoranjan Debbarma (Mandai Bazar), Ratan Das (Ramnagar), Manindra Chandra Das (Kalyanpur-Promodnagar) are among the notable Left candidates who are trailing.Chief minister and CPI-M politburo member Manik Sarkar (Dhanpur constituency), Health and PWD Minister Badal Choudhury (Hrishamukh), Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty (Chandipur), BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb (Banamalipur), BJP nominees Sudip Roy Barman (Agartala), Ratanlal Nath (Mohanpur) are leading over their rival candidates.A three-tier security is in place in 20 locations across the state where 59 counting halls have been set up. Counting of votes are progressing simultaneously for all the 59 constituencies.Prohibitory orders under 144 CrPc has been promulgated in and around all the locations as a precautionary measure.“Huge numbers of central para-military force and state security forces have been deployed to tackle any disturbances during the process,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer Tapas Roy told IANS.Metal detectors and six CCTVs in each counting hall were installed while videography is being done to record the entire counting process, he said.The Election Commission has appointed 47 general observers and eight police observers to oversee the counting process.A total of 290 candidates, including 23 women of the ruling CPI-M, Communist Party of India, BJP and Congress and many independents, are in the fray.Balloting in Charilam (reserved for the tribals) has been deferred to March 12 after CPI-M candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma died a week before the polls.Over 92 per cent (excluding 50,700 postal ballots) of Tripura’s 2,536,589 voters cast their votes on 18 February in a peaceful election, setting a new record in India’s electoral history.In Nagaland, the ruling National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) is leading in 12 seats and its ally, the BJP, in six seats-just ahead of the Naga Peoples Front (NPF), which is leading in 15 seats for the Nagaland Assembly, as per the Election Commission.The figures are for the 35 out of 59 seats that went to polls on 27 February.The Bharatiya Janata Party contested the polls in alliance with the newly-floated NDPP in the state poll. The two contested in 20 and 40 seats, respectively.The voting was held in 59 of the total 60 constituencies as three-time Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio of the NDDP was declared elected unopposed from Northern Angami-II constituency.The Janata Dal-United and National People’s Party are each ahead in one seat.In Meghalaya, the ruling Congress is leading in 21 seats while the National People’s Party is ahead in 14 and the BJP in six in the vote count for the Meghalaya assembly on Saturday, the Election Commission said in New Delhi.Polling for 59 out of the state’s 60 assembly seats was held on 27 February. The election to one seat was countermanded following the killing of a candidate.As per the counting on 58 seats out of 60, Congress was leading in 21 seats.The Conrad Sangma-led NPP, which is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre, Rajasthan and Manipur, fought the elections in Meghalaya on its own and is leading in 14 seats. The BJP is leading on six as per the early trends.Sangma, who has won five consecutive terms from Ampati constituency since 1993, is leading by 797 votes over his nearest rival Bakul Ch. Hajong of the BJP.According to poll panel, United Democratic Party (UDP) was leading on six seats, while the People’s Democratic Front was leading on five seats and independent candidates were leading on at least four seats.In Songsak, the veteran Congress leader is leading by 1,501 votes against NPP’s Nihim D. Shira.The Congress has fielded 59 candidates, while the BJP contested in 47 assembly constituencies.Polling to the Williamnagar seat was countermanded following the killing of Nationalist Congress Party candidate Jonathone Sangma in an IED blast at Sawilgre area in East Garo Hills district on 18 February.